Of course to be a book blogger you have to read books. But if you’re feeling pressure to be the fastest reader on the Internet in order to have fresh content for your blog, think beyond the book review to other ways you can feature books—without increasing your reading pace.
1.) Analyze an Interesting Aspect of the Book
Book reviews tend to tackle a book as a whole, but you can think about one particular aspect of the book to analyze more in-depth. This may sound a little like writing an essay for a literature class (and maybe thinking of it that way would actually be helpful for narrowing down a topic), but the post really doesn’t have to be academic. It just has to focus on one interesting aspect of a book and interpreting it, whether that’s talking about a certain character, a particular theme, or anything else you can think of. Stephanie from Chasm of Books does this in her post about Boromir’s characterization in The Lord of the Rings, and Krysta does it in her post analyzing Delphini Diggory’s role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
2.) Discuss a Controversy/Debate Surrounding the Book
Everyone loves a good controversy. Instead of discussing a controversial point about a book briefly in your review, you can dedicate an entire post to it. You can even do this for books you’ve read a while ago but are still very familiar with, not just ones you’ve read recently. On Pages Unbound, Krysta took on the question of whether Harry Potter and the Cursed Child counts as canon or fanfiction. But this approach also works very well for classics. Some questions never go out of style, such as whether Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester is really romantic or whether C.S. Lewis’s portrayal of Susan Pevensie in The Last Battle is sexist.
3.) Write a Unique List
You can always feature fun lists on your book blog such as “My Top Ten Favorite Fantasies” or “The Best Books I’ve Read This Year.” But you can also brainstorm lists that focus on an interesting aspect of one specific book or series. For example, Stephanie does this in her post about the Six Bravest Acts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1. (And, I mean, she can write a whole new post about pt. 2 if she wants still!)
4.) Feature Books You’re Reading for School or Work
If you’re reading a book for classwork, consider featuring it on your blog! Classic books (as long as they aren’t too specialized or obscure) are often very popular with other readers (who may have also been forced to read them for school). Even if you’re reading a nonfiction book, consider if there’s a fun way you could introduce it to other readers. Maybe instead of a traditional review you can feature some interesting facts you learned from the book that you think others would like to learn, too. BONUS: Writing about your school books will help reinforce them in your mind, and you may even do better in class or get a cool idea for an class essay.
5.) Consider a Co-Blogger
Giving up individual control over your blog is a big decision. And there are definitely some less-than-good co-bloggers in the world. (Krysta and I had two just ghost on us here at Pages Unbound.) However, one sure-fire way to get more content and get more posts about a wider variety of books is to welcome a new reader to your blog. After all, book bloggers these days are often expected to juggle a number of tasks in addition to just reading books and writing posts about them. If you think a co-blogger might be the way to go for you, you can check out some of my suggestions for finding a great co-blogger.
Tell us in the comments: What unique content do you post other than book reviews?